The Current State of Freelance Writing

ROFL 07-03-2014

Content marketing service Copypress conducted a survey of 247 writers in order to get an idea of the current position of freelance writing. According to their results, almost half of freelance writers make less than $10,000 a year, with only 3 per cent generating incomes above $70,000. 78 per cent of freelance writers make less than the Editorial Freelancers Association average hourly rate of $40-$99.

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  1. Ben093
    March 7, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Great work, Jackson. I’ve gotten hired for many times on as an article writer, and I’m generally happy with the site.

  2. Melissa Wood
    March 7, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Yikes, I think it's the content mills bringing the stats down. Plus, 247 is a pretty small sample size. I personally know a lot of writers that make a decent living. The money is out there if you're willing to go find it.

    • Tayé Foster Bradshaw
      March 12, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      I would agree with you regarding the "networks" and "content mills."

      Back in 2007, when I was transitioning from my corporate life focus to focusing on my writing, I joined one of those "shared revenue" sites. My intention during my year with the site was to use it as a workshop, of sorts, and gain some skills in writing on a variety of topics, being peer reviewed, and defining my primary focus. It was a good year for me because my youngest daughter was preparing to start kindergarten and not needing to work outside my home, it gave me a chance to create. It was also at a time before Huffington Post, before Google+, before a lot of publications shifted to almost strictly online. It was an interesting year.

      Once I gained what I wanted, I left and started my blog and other writing. My theory then and now was if I was going to write on a variety of topics "for free," then I wanted them to be for me.

      My long response (sorry!), is that I do agree that the content mills, volunteer site (I just had a friend send me a link that wanted "five well researched posts a week" with the "honor" of seeing one's name on their site. I laughed!) and revenue-sharing sites are what is driving down the money for freelance writing.

      There is hope, though, and like you said, money to be made if one continues to hone the craft and find those who will pay for your expertise.

  3. Raubi Perilli
    March 7, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing Jackson. We were pretty surprised by the data that we collected. Like Dann mentioned above it's crazy that more writers don't know about Google Authorship, and as you mentioned the yearly income is surprisingly low. The companion white paper looks at possible reasons why those numbers are so low. If you get a chance to read through the full paper, definitely let me know what you think!

  4. Guy M
    March 7, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Great find Jackson! Very enlightening. I hope to make freelance writing my full-time job one day, so this is a great resource.

  5. Dann A
    March 7, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Well, the salary figures aren't very encouraging, but the fact that I know about Google Authorship makes me feel pretty stand-out after reading this. I'm really surprised by the 43% who felt very knowledgeable about that; I keep seeing tutorials about it and articles on how important it is all over the place. However, there were less than 250 writers in the survey, so I would imagine it really depends on the group that you get.